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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

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1,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 30
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Ratings: 1,886 | Reviews: 980
Photo of BlackAngus
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy straw-yellow, next to no head. Some lacing.

S - Some maltiness, but apple dominates. Very pleasant.

T - Wheat, some sour apple, apple in the finish. Very pleasant, no alcohol burn.

M - Very finely carbonated, medium-light body. Very clean.

D - Very drinkable. Aside from the price, I would drink the hell out of this.

Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Magnum's in early August for 2.49. Best before 9/10/07.

Beer poured a cloudy golden color with a well sustained white head. Nose is of champagne and sour apples. Taste is somewhat having a wheaty quality with a sour apple finish. Mouthfeel has a champagne quality to it, quite bubbly and lively. Drinkability is OK. One is pretty good to try but I am not sure how the second one will go down.

Photo of Osiris9588
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with gold foil and freshness date of 9/20/07. It pours a pale apple juice color with a thin head, exhibiting very little retention or lacing. I would assume the corked version would offer better carbonation.

The nose is filled with green apple, pear, some malty and yeasty notes, and strong sense of sugar. The taste is apple and subtle malt--and very little else.

The mouth is light, not at all complex, and not very inspiring at all. The lack of body and flavor make it drinkable, but I won't drink one of these ever again. I don't see a point.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another one I've had too many times to count but never bothered to rate. I poured it into a snifter; it had a medium straw color and a small white head which dissapated quickly. Through the hazy body you can make out plenty of champagne-like bubbles that make for an interesting appearance.
The smell was what I would call typical and expected; mild tart apple, sweet fruits, candy sugar, mild yeast and almost no hop presence. I was impressed with the taste, which was rather mild despite the nose; doughy yeast and sweet/tart fruits blended very well to give a nice and varying mouthfeel, which started with the carbonation tingle, then went through sweet and sour and ended smooth, but almost watery. Overall a very decent fruit beer.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazed pale straw color with a fluffy white head that thins.Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells of tart apples over a mild bready and yeasty base. It generally smells fine, but once in a while I catch a whiff that seems like the Belgian yeast aroma and the apples blend in a way that smells like feet.

Luckily the feet thing doesn't translate into the taste. Tastes like a very light Belgian style ale with a tart apple taste blended in. Light yeasty and bready flavors appear upfront with a mild tart apple taste that appears and rides through the finish.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

This is a refreshing fruity beer and quite drinkable, but not as good as I expected from Unibroue. It would be a decent choice on a hot summer day, but I can find beter summer beers at much cheaper prices.

Photo of malcontent
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon pouring, Ephemere yields a large, bubbly head that soon reduces to an even layer of thin head across an attractively hazy, pale orange body.

The fragrance is exactly as advertised; apples are the predominant scent, but clove, yeast & lemon accompany as I would expect from a witbier.

The taste is straightforward green apple & wheat/yeast. Tastes like many summer beers with the added kick of fruit.

Although the carbonation is refreshing there is a cotton-like feeling left on the tongue with the additional drawback of an almost soda-pop feel. The weakest area of the beer.

I could see having a couple of these in hot weather but it’s something I’d have to be in the mood for. Good but not great.

Photo of vanrassel
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of apples on their own and didn't think I'd like this beer. I was pleasantly surprised.

It was average-looking coming ouf the the 750 mL bottle, with a large rocky head topping a cloudy golden body. The smell was the first hint that this beer may end up being better than many of its fruit-enhanced counterparts. I walked across the room to do something else and could smell the tart green apple aroma from 10 feet away! As distinct as it was, it blended well with the slightly sour yeast smell that accompanied it.

At first blush, the flavour was disappointingly one-dimensional. The immediate impression was like drinking a liquefied apple Jolly Rancher candy. Repeated sips and greater consideration revealed a more moderate take on the first impression and subtle, lightly-roasted malts revealed themselves a little more.

The carbonation was a little too low and the mouthfeel a little sticky for my liking. I would have liked a crisper finish, but I concede that may have made it too cider-like for others.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Top reads 2005.

A- Light and murky. Golden pale orange-yellow. Carbonation billowing from the bottom of the glass. The head climbs up taking over 1/2 the glass.

S- Very sweet and apple-ish. A touch of yeast.

T- Not overwhelming as I thought it would be. Very mild and soft. Slight yeast taste at the end with an apple kick. Maybe a little pepper taste.

M- Just as all the Unibroue beers, GREAT mouthfeel. Light and cool, very refreshing.

D- Lower alcohol content than most of the unibroue brews, this is very drinkable. Good for company that doesn't like beer but likes wine. A good foot in the door for those not into beer...yet...

Photo of beckje01
2.16/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Lots of bubbles, with a green hue to the yellow end of the spectrum.

S- Sour apples with a slight malt.

T- Very slight apple tang, but thats about it. So light on taste the smell was very promising and I was let down.

M- Super active, like tonic water.

D- Not hard to drink at all.

Just no reason to drink this one really more like sparkling water, really if the beer was less carbinated I might have been able to enjoy some very light balenced flavors but with this much carbination nothing much comes through. I would also like to try this beer with more apple flavors I think it would be nice with all that carbination. Really I would like to see the carbination scaled back or the taste scaled up.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a wheat beer, cloudy with nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Green apple on the nose, lacing doesn't stick around.

The taste is fine, it's just not that full bodied. Mostly Smith apple, coriander, wheat. Nothing to write home about.

Feels okay in the mouth, like a decent wheat beer. The taste is just weak. Apple is present, but very little character besides. It's not really active and bold like a good lambic, but it's also not cloying like fruit beers can be. If you like Pyramid's Apricot wheat or Sam Adams' Cherry wheat, give the Ephemere line a taste.

Photo of beals
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours white-pale, slight cloudiness gives it a gold color; almost looks like apple juice, in fact. Thick white head that faded after about a minute.

Aroma: Smells of sweet apples (of course) blended with a strong yeastiness.

Taste: Apple, not quite juice yet not quite cider, quickly shifting to alcohol for a moment. Spicy notes emerge, balancing the natural sweetness of the apples and giving the beer a drier flavor. Finishes with the sour touch of Granny Smith apples.

Mouthfeel: Plentiful carbonation, lots of small bubbles, gives the beer a slightly sharp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not really a session beer -- I might have two of these, but that's about it.

Overall: I like the taste of coriander in food, and I like the spiciness in this beer, but I can't find a clear link between the two. I think I might just need to try some other beers with coriander. In general, I like this take on an apple beer, but don't know if I'll be shelling out over 2 bucks a bottle for it again.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly cloudy, light straw color with a thin white head. Steady streams of bubbles racing to the surface.

Smells of apples (duh), grains and yeast. The sour apple scent was very welcoming.

Taste is of sour green apples, wheat, and yeast. Nothing else really stood out to me. Not sure if the apple flavor helped or hurt. The aroma had me really intrigued, but the taste was a bit of a let down.

Really carbonated...almost too much. Thin, champagne like body. I am not extremely impressed, however, I won't give up on fruit beers yet.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is easily one of the best fruit beers I've had. Tastes like candy, or juice.

The beer looks almost like your run of the mill witbier, though it appears to be very clear for a wit (like your run of the mill wit). It has only the feintest hint of a green tint. A thick white effervescent head forms, pops like a bowl of rice crispees, and falls without a trace. Not even a ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Lacing? Feh.... there's not even head!

But everything else about this beer is forgivable. The aroma is mouthwatering. Who dropped a green Jolly Rancher in my Blanche de Chambly? This beer smells like stripper perfume. Sounds trashy, but you know you like it.

The taste is like a really good witbier (Blanche de Chambly perhaps) with a few Jolly Ranchers dropped in and dissolved. Very interesting mix with incredibly drinkable results. The beer is very light in body and easy to drink a lot of without it getting too cloyingly sweet, even. Not a fan of fruity beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Photo of Dizzy
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden color, amost like a hefeweizen with a fizzy white head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is green apple and yeast. Taste is apple , yeast and spices.Mouthfeel is thin with a lot of carbonation. I expected more complexity from this, but its still ok. Wouldn't go out of my way to try this again but its not bad.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes of 08/28/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

Poured into the glass a hazed deep golden, almost peach in color. The head was white in color and consisted of tight fine bubbles. The lace was delicate, but still sticky.

The smell was fresh green apples, yeast, cereal grain, and light spices.

The taste is a bit tart, green apples, yeast, a light graininess, other fruits and an almost peppery spiciness. Very faint to no hop profile or bittering.

Active carbonation combined with a medium-light body give this a crisp and clean mouthfeel.

If you like apples, you should thoroughly enjoy this one.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up at the ABC Liqour store on Baymeadows Rd. here in town, and I poured my in my Unibroue tulip for a little something different.

The beer poured a belgian style dull gold color with a few undiscovered sources of carbonation. A constant quarter inch of bright head retained throughout the drinking. The nose was strong on sweet, lightly sour, apple tones. The flavor of the beer proved to be quite sweet and apple infused without pushing over the limits of turning into an apple/beer alco-pop type deal. A slightly creamy texture developed as this one warmed, and the beer proved to be an enjoyable digestif, but too sweet to be sessioned and not my favorite style. Still an interesting rendition of this style of beer.

Photo of Absumaster
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at a patio in Montreal, the rain was pouring, but the beer tasted fine!

Colour was murky yellow, orange with a nice 1/2 inch head.

Smell was like a normal witbier, but with a nice apple-like twist. This really adds to the freshness of the beer, and make it more suitable for when it is hot.

Taste was apple-like, very refreshing and combined with the usual witbier tastes. The wheat base was pretty solid and the yeast profile was just right. Drinkability was very good.

Photo of ccs
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I opened this in celebration of finishing the last paper of my undergraduate career.

When my husband handed me the beer and said, "it's all you." I knew when he meant. There was a lot of coriander in this beer. (Something he can't stand.) From the aroma to the taste, you know it's there and not hidden. It's a hazy yellow with a thick head and quite a bit of carbonation. Very apple, spicy, and tart taste. It was okay, but nothing I'd want another of.

Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You just can’t go wrong with Ephemere , ie Unibroue. They make top notch brews.

I mean, sunshine yellow with a thick and fizzy white head. Not bad, but here comes the aroma of apples (duh) and coriander on top of sweet malts.

Then in the quaff, subtle hints of the above with a very malt Curacoa kick (no, I don’t know what Curacoa is)

I just know that the wife really enjoyed her samples, as did I. This brews was very fizzy and softly carbonated – just a top notch summer drinker!

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ephemere (Apple) pours a golden color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is nice, apple dominates. Flavor is also pretty good, I'm not the biggest fruit beer fan, and I can say this is fruit beer done well. The apple flavor while strong was balanced by a wheat base, it never got sweet or cloying. This beer is quite light, I found it to be enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of jhollick
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden pear color (or apple if you prefer) with a strong effervescence; Large and thick bubbly white head.

Smell: All yeast and a tart apple smell.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly formidable given what you might expect, and very velvety and smooth. The bubbles are delightfully tiny and they tickle the tongue.

Taste: The trademarke Unibroue spicing and yeast sweetness are present. In my opinion, the apple flavor is brilliantly done, not giving in to overbearing sweetness or tartness. This is the caliber I wish all fruit beers could be. Unfortunately, as the buds familiarize themselves with the apple flavor, the beer takes on a somewhat watery consistency. A hint of cinnamon and coriander round out the flavor and compliment the apple flavor.

Drinkability: Light, crisp, sweet. I could drink a couple of these, which is more than I might normally engage in for a fruit beer..

Overall: The highlights of this beer for me are the mouthfeel and the sublimely balanced apple flavor. It might not be for everyone, but it should definitely be tried by everyone.

Photo of UberWasser
4.67/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a bright gold color with a fizzy head that builds and then dissipates quickly. Probably the least heady beer I've had from Unibroue so far, but a nice shower of bubbles from below maintains a pleasant halo.

What a smell that rises from this...sooo heavy on the crisp, bright smell of fresh green apples. Slinking around behind that is a slight fruity/flowery effervescence that you find to greater and lesser extents in all of their beers. I presume that this comes from the house yeast.

More green apple in the flavor. So crisp and refreshing and yummy. All of that sharp apple flavor is nicely balanced by the stronger yet still soft presence of the flower/fruity and now somewhat herbal yeast character. Mouthfeel is equally crisp with a pronounced carbonation.

So yeah, when it comes to apple beverages, this completely blows away any of the mass produced "ciders" that one would find. Definitely worth a try, and if it were just a little bit cheaper, it would be a great summer staple.

Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What an interesting unique beer. It had some tart fruity apple attribute that tasted a bit like a cider but the malty backbone made it more solid than a seltzery cider. Very nice.

Appearance: Served a bright yellow color with a white head.

Smell: Sour apples that is slightly sweet and firmly tart.

Taste: Brilliantly balanced to avoid being cloying but it does lean toward the tart green apple side with some spices that make it zesty. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp light body that is prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a sessionable fruit beer for sure. It is pleasantly balanced and very refreshing.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of teg8612
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass, allowed to warm slightly.

Looks golden in color with a white head which fades to a thin line.

Smell is strong with green apple with a hint of spice.

Boy, you really taste the apple. Very sweet with only a hint of wheat malt. Lightly spiced at the end to finish a very light mouthfeel.

Very nice but not a session beer. Crisp for a hot summer day.

Photo of jettjon
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip glass with a tremendous head that fades away slowly leaving only a few spots of lacing behind. Color is green apple with numerous small bubbles. There’s yeast in the bottle. Nose of very sweet apple and that signature Unibroue yeast. Taste is something like apple juice, not beer-like at all, fading to a kind of watery concoction like a glass of water with an apple Jolly Rancher dissolved in it. A little bit of yeast is evident, and everything finishes on an ever so bitter note, though I’d stop short of attributing it to hops. Mouth is watery and flatly carbonated… in other words, it feels sort of flat. Drinkability is OK; it’s not offensive, but not inviting, either.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 1,886 ratings.